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SkillsCast

Models of Automation

13th May 2014 in London at Skills Matter

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Much of the testing world sees test automation through a common lens, a common mental model. This is the paradigm of the assembly line robot: deterministic, mechanical actions repeated time and again. Whilst this model may have its uses, as with all models, it also has its failings: ways in which it constrains how we think about testing problems.

There is another paradigm, an older one perhaps: that of the scientific instrument, that of tools which enhance the senses or allow us to manipulate the world in ways that, unassisted, would be impossible.

Join me in this exploration of experimentation: learn how barometers, Bunsen burners and genetic sequencers might shape how you think about and use tools, and how that might shape your testing.

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Models of Automation

Iain McCowatt

I did my first testing in 1996, when – because I was available – I was volunteered to take on UAT for a call centre management system. For some reason, testing didn’t stick first time around. Someone must have been trying to tell me something though; a couple of years later I got a sideways move into a system testing role. This time, I got “the bug." Since then I’ve been a tester, automator, test manager, and software testing consultant. Testing is my passion, and this blog a place to share it.

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Much of the testing world sees test automation through a common lens, a common mental model. This is the paradigm of the assembly line robot: deterministic, mechanical actions repeated time and again. Whilst this model may have its uses, as with all models, it also has its failings: ways in which it constrains how we think about testing problems.

There is another paradigm, an older one perhaps: that of the scientific instrument, that of tools which enhance the senses or allow us to manipulate the world in ways that, unassisted, would be impossible.

Join me in this exploration of experimentation: learn how barometers, Bunsen burners and genetic sequencers might shape how you think about and use tools, and how that might shape your testing.

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About the Speaker

Models of Automation

Iain McCowatt

I did my first testing in 1996, when – because I was available – I was volunteered to take on UAT for a call centre management system. For some reason, testing didn’t stick first time around. Someone must have been trying to tell me something though; a couple of years later I got a sideways move into a system testing role. This time, I got “the bug." Since then I’ve been a tester, automator, test manager, and software testing consultant. Testing is my passion, and this blog a place to share it.